Musical targeted for August 2013
Producers of the tuner adaptation of “Flashdance” are solidifying plans for a Broadway incarnation, lining up a run that they hope will begin perfs in August 2013.
The Rialto incarnation, which had previously been acknowledged as a possibility but not confirmed, will follow the January launch of a separate road production that kicks off a 25-market tour in Pittsburgh.
“Flashdance” arrives Stateside in a heavily revised version after a U.K. life that included a tour and a 16-week stint on the West End in 2010. Sergio Trujillo, the choreographer of shows including “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis,” takes over as director-choreographer from Nikolai Foster, who helmed the West End version. Revamped book is by Tom Hedley, co-writer of the screenplay for the 1983 Paramount pic on which the musical is based, and Robert Cary.
Show’s score mixes new tunes by composer Robbie Roth and co-lyricists Cary and Roth with songs drawn from the film’s 80s-tastic soundtrack, including “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria” and “I Love Rock and Roll.” Storyline follows a young welder who moonlights as a dancer at a bar and dreams of attending ballet school.
The Broadway production of “Flashdance” will be produced by Steven Baruch, Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Terri and Timothy Childs and Transamerica with exec producer Hedley, in association with Paramount Pictures. Exact dates, theater and other details remain to be set.